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Spread across over 60 cities, our team is a global collective of urban experts in design, architecture, engineering, civil, transportation, urban geography, real estate, landscape, communications, software development and so much more. These are the people defining the cities of tomorrow.

Supporting our global team of 2,500 difference makers is IBI’s Leadership team, setting out a compelling vision and guiding IBI Group towards the future.

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Dale Richmond

Independent Director | Chair of the Board of Directors

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As an Independent Director and Chair of the Board of Directors for IBI Group, Dale Richmond is a member of the Audit Committee and Chair of the Governance, and Compensation Committee.Mr. Richmond is currently the Chair of The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships. He has participated on a number of corporate boards and has served the community as past Chair of The Toronto Board of Trade, The Canadian Urban Institute and Humber College.

From 1993 to 2003, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System. Prior to 1993, Mr. Richmond served with the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto for 17 years, where he held various positions including Chief Administrative Officer (for a period of eight years), Deputy Commissioner of Transportation, and Commissioner of Management and Computer Services. He also held various public sector positions in Halifax, Calgary and Sudbury.

Mr. Richmond received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mount Allison University, a Master of Arts (Economics) degree from Dalhousie University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and a Fellow of the Certified Management Accountants of Ontario.

Steve Kuo

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Steve Kuo holds a Master Degree in Architecture from Cornell University and has 25 years of experience in all stages of architectural process with particular focus in design development, technical planning, construction documentation and management during building phase with a specialization in mixed use and high-rise residential projects.

As Project Manager, he oversees production of working drawings, contract administration and leads consultant teams for Client/Owner representatives as well as directs an Internal staff of ten on various large scale projects including Maple Leaf Square and Air Canada Centre.

Robyn Brown

Associate | Manager, Planning
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Planning & Urban Design# #Research & Development#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Robyn Brown is a key figure in the Toronto office Real Estate, Economics & Planning team. As a dedicated professional, her project work is geared to giving her clients the best advice possible. Her work transcends a broad spectrum of real estate advice, including highest and best-use studies/disposition strategies; economic development strategies; growth management; market studies; feasibility studies; community services and facilities studies; economic impact analysis; demographic analysis and related skills. She is involved in a wide range of external organizations, including the Urban Land Institute (including their Women’s Leadership Initiative and Mentorship Committee), TCREW, BILD and s. She has proven to be an excellent and effective IBI Group ambassador. Robyn is the ultimate team player, inspiring and pushing s to think creatively and proactively.

Gabriel Pavel

Associate | Manager, Systems Engineering
Richmond Hill, ON

#english# #All# #Data Analytics# #Energy# #Engineering# #Municipal Services# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration#
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

Gabriel Pavel is a Project Manager with over 20 years of experience in process controls design and systems engineering, networking, and SCADA systems, electrical controls, loop controllers, AC drives, and process and analytical instrumentation. Gabriel has a wide range of experience in municipal water/wastewater, food/pharmaceutical, and energy/utility process control, including design, development and on-site commissioning.

Diane Phillips

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Ottawa, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Environmental Assessment# #Leader# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert#
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Diane Phillips is responsible for architectural projects in the Ottawa practice, and is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Through her architectural, project management, and leadership skills, Diane quickly and accurately grasps her clients’ visions. With over 30 years of practicing architecture in Ontario, Diane has been responsible for the project management, design, contract documents, and contract administration for a wide range of award-winning and published projects.

Visweswara Rao Gantasala

Associate Director | Senior General Manager
Hyderabad, India

#english# #Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS)# #Data Analytics# #Mobile Technology# #Mobility+# #Smart Cities# #Software Development# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information#
Hyderabad, India, Asia
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gantasala/
"The biggest strength of IBI is its philosophy of looking at the cities from the dimension of a citizen while working for the betterment of the cities.”

Visweswara joined IBI Group as a Transportation Systems Engineer in the year 2007 after graduating from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB). As one of the first few hires of IBI India, he has started his career working on toll and HTMS implementation projects for highways. He was involved from the inception of the Indore BRT ITS implementation project (the firm’s first World Bank project in India), which subsequently helped the firm in securing a stream of contracts from The World Bank. In the recent times, he is working on the Hyderabad Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS) Project. Visweswara has been instrumental in building the software development practice in India and is currently working as the Product Manager for the IBI’s Smart City Platform and is also responsible for developing various Urban ITS Software solutions for IBI. He is also the office lead for our Hyderabad office.

Margaret Parkhill

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, ON

#english# #Active Transportation# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Environmental Assessment# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Planning# #Transportation Engineering#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/margaret-parkhill-63934925/

Margaret has over 16 years of transportation planning experience, and brings top technical skills in planning and design, plus strong communications to effectively engage with stakeholders and technical agencies on complex and controversial projects. Margaret currently leads a transportation environmental assessment and design group based in Toronto. She is a highly-effective project manager that brings out the best in her team. Margaret’s focus is developing  integrated solutions to complex urban transportation problems through corridor planning and preliminary design.

Margaret’s experience includes transit, active transportation, environmental assessments, and preliminary engineering design. Projects include London Bus Rapid Transit, Eglinton Streetscape and Cycle Track Design, MiWay Infrastructure Growth Plan, and the Toronto Relief Line subway business case and planning study. She also has experience in transportation safety and land use/ transportation integration. She is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and has published numerous papers and articles.

Lou Bandiera

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto West, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Automotive# #Data / Operations Centre# #Design Build# #Industrial# #Interiors# #Light Rail Transit# #Maintenance Facilities# #Manufacturing# #Office# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Transit Facilities# #Warehouse & Distribution Centre#
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada
www.linkedin.com/in/lou-bandiera-44970b25

Lou Bandiera has over 35 years of experience in the architectural field and has participated in a variety of transit, industrial, commercial and institutional projects. Lou has fulfilled a major role in carrying out building audits, feasibility studies, project management, production of working drawings and technical specifications, tender issuance and evaluation, building code review, project scheduling, construction site review, document coordination and obtaining approvals from government agencies and private sector clients. Lou is also a Certified Internal Auditor for the ISO 9001:2008 Quality System and manages the QMS training program for IBI Group’s Toronto West office. His primary responsibilities in the management of the staff in the Architectural, Specifications and Document Control groups, includes staff development, technical leadership, resource management and business development, as well as, peer review of all deliverables produced by the group.

Tony Burley

Associate Director | US Healthcare Lead, Buildings
Los Angeles, CA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Healthcare+# #Leader# #Office Lead# #P3# #Public Outreach# #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert#
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Tony Burley is the US Healthcare+ Lead and has managed multiple design and project teams for all scales of healthcare and science projects. His experience spans new build, refurbishment and strategic planning of facilities, in roles as both designer and client representative and covers Traditional, Design and Build, Framework and AFP/P3 procurement. The multiple perspectives from this rounded experience provides Tony with a real understanding of the opportunities and challenges that face healthcare facilities, and fuels a passion for ongoing innovation to provide a safer, more efficient and pleasant patient experience. Tony is an excellent communicator and regular conference speaker, who enjoys building strong relationships with clients, users and wider stakeholder groups.

Tony supports IBI THiNK and an evidence-based approach to design, which has included working on joint projects with EDB guru Professor Roger S Ulrich, formerly of Texas A&M University.

Neil Lewin

Managing Principal, Manchester
Manchester, UK

#english# #Acute Care# #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Architecture# #Automotive# #Civic & Government# #Courts# #Design Build# #Fire Stations# #High Rise Residential# #Industrial# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Leader# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Manufacturing# #Mental Health Care# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Oncology# #Parks# #Pediatrics# #Placemaking# #Police Stations# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Stadium / Athletic Facilities# #Transit Oriented Development# #UK Regional# #Warehouse & Distribution Centre#
Manchester, United Kingdom, Europe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/neil-lewin-8579b62a/
Working with both the private and public sectors we bring a spectrum of skills within IBI Group to meet clients' needs, providing Architecture, Urban Design, Regeneration, Planning and Landscape Architecture.

Neil Lewin is a Managing Principal whose primary focus is developing the Living+ brand in the UK, which includes IBI Group’s work in the residential, high density mixed use and commercial sub-sectors. Neil also leads the UK infrastructure team comprising urban designers, planners and landscape architects. Neil is an architect and member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He has more than 25 years of experience in his field and since joining IBI Group in 2009, he has led complex project teams in both the private and public sectors. He has worked hard to successfully collaborate a spectrum of skills within the practice, including architecture, urban regeneration and masterplanning to ensure IBI Group’s clients continually receive a comprehensive, high quality service. Neil’s role includes assisting the Regional Director to develop the structure and growth of the business, improving the design quality, depth of clients and profitability.

Sylvia Hajo

Associate, Interior Designer
Houston, TX

#english# #All# #Civic & Government# #Education# #Interiors# #Retail / Commercial#
Houston, Texas, United States of America

Sylvia Hajo has over 20 years of interior design experience, with a specialization in the design of spaces for educational, commercial, health care and institutional clients. Her primary responsibilities include: design management of the project, design collaboration with client, creating interior design concepts, specifying furniture and fixtures, equipment , managing the interior design process including all furniture selections and specifications, overseeing interior project schedules, and adhering to furniture/fabrics/accessories project budgets. Sylvia is conscientious, precise, and is known as an effective communicator with client and stakeholder groups.

Drummond Hassan

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

With over 40 years of experience, Drummond Hassan’s portfolio has ranged from residential, office/manufacturing, commercial and urban design projects. He is a Registered Architect that has received a Governor General’s Award for Residential Design, the Mississauga Urban Design Award and the Financial Post Design Effectiveness Award. He is currently leading a number of high-rise residential projects across the GTHA, collaborating with various offices in the Region as well as retail projects including the LCBO program and Holt Renfrew.

Prior to joining IBI Group, Drummond Hassan was affiliated with architectural firms in London, England and Glasgow, Scotland. He received a B.Sc (Hon) and a B.Arch from Strathclyde University Department of Architecture and Building Science in Scotland.

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